Sebastopol, CAâ€”O’Reilly Media, in partnership with Safari Books Online, has committed to making over $100 million in educational content and tools available, for free, to 15,000 schools in America. The donation, announced by President Obama today, supports the ConnectED initiative to enrich K-12 education and provide students with the technological skills they need to be prepared in a globalized, digital economy. Continue reading O’Reilly Media & Safari Books Online Donate Over $100 Million in Technology Education Resources to US K-12 Schools
Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado).Â If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model.Â For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:
OdiloConsortiaâ„¢ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project
OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.
Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. Continue reading Public libraries in Colorado to use the Odilo eBook platform for purchasing, management, and lending
Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014) Â In a changing academic environment, discoverability of scholarly content demands cooperative efforts across the communications supply chain. A new SAGE white paper, out today, summarizes the current discovery landscape for scholarly communications, advocates for cooperative efforts across the industry, and proposes specific recommendations for discoverability improvement for librarians, publishers, and service providers.
â€œThis white paper draws upon novel insights contributed by international experts aboutÂ the scholarly ecosystem of publisher content, research tools, and library systems. The experts make predictions about new cross-sector partnerships as researcher workflows evolve,â€ stated lead author Mary Somerville. â€œOur recommendations advanceÂ the common goal of furthering discovery, access, and usage of scholarly publications and creative work.â€ Continue reading SAGE white paper explores discoverability of scholarly content, recommends standards, transparency, metadata, and partnerships
Highwire announced the launch of Folio, a new eBooks product, this past week during the Frankfurt Book Fair.Â Folio is built on the Highwire Open platform.Â According to the press release, “Folio is a flexible ebook solution designed for publishers to rapidly bring their books online. Key components of the product include a publisher home page, an informative book landing page and a user friendly ereader view. Folio is currently showcasing the library release of the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection.
More information about Folio is available here:Â http://highwire.stanford.edu/products/ebooks.dtl
Self-Publishing Movement Continues Strong Growth in U.S. says Bowker- 2012 ISBNs show nearly 60% more self-published works than in 2011
New Providence, NJ â€“ October 9, 2013 â€“ A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.
â€œThe most successful self-publishers donâ€™t view themselves as writers only, but as business owners,â€ said Beat Barblan, Bowker Director of Identifier Services. â€œThey invest in their businesses, hiring experts to fill skill gaps and thatâ€™s building a thriving new service infrastructure in publishing.â€
The analysis shows the growing prominence of a handful of companies that offer publishing services to individual authors.Â More than 80 percent of self-published titles came to market with support from just eight companies, including Smashwords and CreateSpace. Continue reading Self-Publishing soars in 2012 – 60% more works than in 2011 according to Bowker
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announces the debut of â€œThe Wire: A Writerâ€™s Resource,â€ a blog for new and aspiring authors. The new initiative provides information to people hoping to write, publish and find markets for their books, and is a step toward the libraryâ€™s goal of making locally-produced content available to its audience.
DCL has garnered recent media attention for its efforts to increase the number of e-books available to library patrons, despite roadblocks to library acquisition of e-books from large commercial publishers. A byproduct is the creation of a library-run publishing channel. In a recent â€œColorado Mattersâ€ interview with Colorado Public Radioâ€™s Elaine Grant, DCL director Jamie LaRue said, â€œOnce we built a publishing platform to reach out to smaller, independent presses, we could also accommodate self-published authors.â€ Continue reading Douglas County Libraries debuts new blog for authors – The Wire: A Writer’s Resource
Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books.Â Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license.Â Here is more from the press release:
Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.
As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.
Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading Brill Open now includes eBooks
Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDbâ€™s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries.Â Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including:Â general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today.Â If youâ€™re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading 68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries by Ellyssa Kroski
I attended the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and have several updates on eBook vendor offerings, initiatives, and activities.Â Vendors and initiatives are listed in alphabetical order.Â This information will also be presented at the ALA TechSource conference wrap-up webinar, held July 8th.Â The recording of that session is available at http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2013/07/archive-of-the-2013-ala-annual-tech-wrapup.html. I also want to take a moment to announce the launch of eContent Quarterly, a new ALA publication edited by Sue Polanka and Mirela Roncevic (both NSR contributors).Â A free preview issue is now available for download.
This post has new content (7/8/2013 2:00 p.m.) Continue reading NSR’s eBook vendor updates from the ALA annual conference
Ingram announced several new initiatives at the ALA Annual Conference this past week.Â I’ve linked to the individual press releases below.Â I’m particularly excited about the POD available for out-of-copyright titles from the National Library of France – over 65,000 titles.